African Violets - Not as Hard to Grow as Everyone Believes Hint Two.
African Violets can be very, very beautiful and live for years and years. I have sevaral in my depleted collection that I have had for 10 years; someone emailed me to tell me that she had one that belonged to her Grandmother for 20 years before she inherited it. It would be about 28-30 years old now.
If you have other African Violets, one of the really important things to do when you first bring an African Violet home is to isolate it from the others. I used to keep the newbies in the master bathroom for about a month. AV's have bugs and/or bacteria that you can't see but that can infect other ones; so if your old ones are healthy don't put the new ones next to it. It can lead to disaster for the old ones.
Make sure you repot your new plant; don't repot into a bigger pot. Why should you repot? Many times the stores that you buy them from use too heavy a fertilizer that can actually damage the plant. (more on fertilizers next tiem. African Violets should be kept in a 3-4" pot for the first year. This will help them flower more. Repot at least once a year and really consider whether it needs a bigger pot.
This lovely is called Rob's Stormy Skies and you can see why. It bursts with blossoms that are a deep purple like the sky before a storm with those white edges that the clouds get. This is one of my favorites.
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African Violets - Not as Hard to Grow as Everyone Believes Hint Two